Date: 8/6/2018 12:00:00 AM

Title: Governor’s Charity Steer Show celebrates 36th year at Iowa State Fair

Contact: Katie Olthoff, Director of Communications (515) 296-2266 or

DES MOINES, IOWA –The 2018 Governor's Charity Steer Show will mark the 36th consecutive year the beef industry has raised funds to help families who utilize the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa.

This year, the show ring competition takes place Saturday, Aug. 11, at 4:00 p.m., in the Pioneer Livestock Pavilion at the Iowa State Fair. Celebrities will lead 25 steers around the ring, vying for the championship designation, showmanship honors, and the People’s Choice award. Immediately following the competition, the steers will be sold at auction with proceeds going to the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Iowa. Both the show ring event and the auction are open to the general public.

Since the Iowa Beef Industry Council and the Iowa Cattlemen’s Association began the Governor’s Charity Steer Show in 1983, the effort has raised more than $3.2 million for the Des Moines, Iowa City and Sioux City Ronald McDonald House Charities. The houses provide a "home away from home" for families of seriously ill children being treated in area hospitals and have served nearly 45,000 families.  

Each of the 25 steers are owned by Iowa youth who have cared for the animals and participated in other shows with them. The youth prepare the animals for the show and assist a celebrity in the show ring. Sponsors reimburse the youth for the cost of the animal and choose the celebrity.

Youth participating in the 2018 Governor’s Charity Steer Show will also learn additional information about the beef industry on Thursday, and volunteer some time with the Ronald McDonald House Charities in Des Moines on Friday, Aug.10.

Participants in this 36th anniversary event include Governor Kim Reynolds, who will host the show. Chuck McCullough, Allerton, will serve as the official steer show judge for this year’s event and Jennifer Carrico of Redfield has been selected to serve as the event’s Showmanship Judge.

Emcees for the event include Bob Quinn and Andy Peterson of WHO/WMT Radio and Michelle Rook of WNAX Radio. The auctioneers a¬¬re Phil Schooley of Bloomfield, Will Epperly of Dunlap, Russele Sleep of Bedford, and Jared Miller of Leon. Assisting the auctioneers catch bids in the ring are Tom Rooney of The Midwest Marketer; Mike Sorensen and Austin Brandt of Livestock Plus; and Jason Lekin from Tama Livestock Auction.


About the Iowa Beef Industry Council:  The Iowa Beef Industry Council is funded by the $1-per-head National Beef Checkoff Program and the $0.50-per-head Iowa State Beef Checkoff.  Checkoff dollars are invested in beef promotion, consumer information, research, industry information and foreign market development, all with the purpose of strengthening beef demand.  For more information, visit

About the Iowa Cattlemen's Association:  The Iowa Cattlemen’s Association represents nearly 10,000 beef-producing families and associated companies dedicated to the future of Iowa’s beef industry. ICA’s mission is “Grow Iowa’s beef business through advocacy, leadership and education.” 

Editor’s Note:  The following pages include information on steer show sponsors, steer owners, and celebrities. Please review the list to find sponsors that your readers, viewers or listeners may know. 

Steer Show Judge: Chuck McCullough, Allerton, IA
Showmanship Judge: Jennifer Carrico, Redfield, IA

Show Emcees: Bob Quinn, WHO Radio
Michelle Rook, WNAX
Andy Peterson, WHO & WMT Radio

Auctioneers: Phil Schooley, Bloomfield Livestock
Will Epperly, Dunlap, IA
Jared Miller, Leon, IA
Russele Sleep, Bedford, IA
Ringmen: Tom Rooney, Midwest Marketer
Mike Sorensen, Livestock Plus
Jason Lekin, Tama Livestock Auction
Austin Brandt, Livestock Plus

Steer #1
Sponsor: Iowa Beef Industry Council &
Iowa Cattlemen’s Association
Celebrity: Governor Kim Reynolds
Steer Name: Jet
Steer Owner: Tyler Pudenz | Story City, IA

Steer #2
Sponsor: Nor-AM Cold Storage &
Crawford County Cattlemen
Celebrity: Lt. Governor Adam Gregg
Steer Name: Captain
Steer Owner: Luke Staley | Charter Oak, IA

Steer #3
Sponsor: Davis County Beef Promoters
Celebrity: Dr. Mike Lewis, VP Cargill
Steer Name: Chance
Steer Owner: Alex Lynch | Bloomfield, IA

Steer #4
Sponsor: Mahaska County Cattlemen &
Southern Iowa Merchants
Celebrity: Holly Brink, Candidate Representative
District 20
Steer Name: Moo Moo
Steer Owner: Taylor Rozenboom| Bussey, IA

Steer #5
Sponsor: Central Iowa County Farm Bureaus
Celebrity: Craig Hill, Iowa Farm Bureau President
Steer Name: Century Strong
Steer Owner: Caroline Ehn | Webster City, IA

Steer #6
Sponsor: Des Moines Area Community College
Celebrity: Rob Denson, President, DMACC
Steer Name: Top Chef
Steer Owner: Emily Washington | Elkhart, IA

Steer #7
Sponsor: Dee Zee Mfg. (The Quality Truck Accessory People)
Celebrity: Leslie Prixdeau, Director of UNI Alumni
Steer Name: Apollo
Steer Owner: Dawson Minor | Bondurant, IA

Steer #8
Sponsor: Iowa Bankers Association
Celebrity: Mike Pearson, Co-Host of the Ag News
Daily Podcast a Founder of the Global Ag Network
Steer Name: The Banker Beast
Steer Owner: KJ McCrea | Eddyville, IA

Steer #9
Sponsor: Volunteer Boards of Iowa
Ronald McDonald House Charities
Celebrity: Katie Cedar
Steer Name: Thanks a Million
Steer Owner: Rory McClellan | Armstrong, IA

Steer #10
Sponsor: McDonald’s Restaurants of Eastern Iowa
Celebrity: Patrick McNamara, MD, Director of the
Division of Neonatology
Steer Name: Quarter Pounder
Steer Owner: Grant Garman | Keota, IA

Steer #11
Sponsor: McDonald’s Restaurants of Mid-Iowa
Steer Name: Big Mac
Steer Owner: Nicholas Carlson | New Hartford, IA

Steer #12
Sponsor: McDonald’s Restaurants of Northwest Iowa
Celebrity: Jenna Kool, Miss Rodeo Iowa 2018
Steer Name: McMuffin
Steer Owner: Quinn Byker | Sioux Center, IA

Steer #13
Sponsor: Friends of Floyd County
Celebrity: Mike Naig, Iowa Secretary of Agriculture
Steer Name: Bugs
Steer Owner: Alec Staudt | Rockford, IA

Steer #14
Sponsor: Monroe County Cattlemen & Supporters
Celebrity: Joe Milledge, Owner, KIIC Thunder Country
Steer Name: ThunderStruck
Steer Owner: Brayton Striegel | Moravia, IA

Steer #15
Sponsor: Iowa County Beef Promoters
Celebrity: Jim Field, President, Ag & Turf, John Deere
Steer Name: Chip
Steer Owner: Emma Sinclair | Williamsburg, IA

Steer #16
Sponsor: Foster and Evelyn Barkema Charitable Trust
& Franklin County Supporters
Celebrity: Tate Manahl, Tates Army
Steer Name: Teddy
Steer Owner: Kaylie Lundt | Rockwell, IA

Steer #17
Sponsor: Iowa Hereford Breeders Association
Celebrity: Kaylee Tremel, Miss Teen Rodeo Iowa
Steer Name: Famous Amos
Steer Owner: Kennedy Rife | Columbus Junction, IA

Steer #18
Sponsor: Benton County Cattlemen &
Local Supporters
Celebrity: Dr. Joe Colletti, ISU Interim Dean of
Agriculture & Life Sciences
Steer Name: Ku jo
Steer Owner: Josh Wiley | Walker, IA

Steer #19
Sponsor: Iowa Corn Promotion Board
Celebrity: Duane Aistrope, President, Iowa Corn
Promotion Board
Steer Name: Blue
Steer Owner: Keaton Kralik | Creston, IA

Steer #20
Sponsor: Johnson County Cattlemen/Sundown
Fireworks & Iowa City Ready Mix
Celebrity: Lexi Marek, FarmHer
Steer Name: Fergie
Steer Owner: Kelly Marshek | Iowa City, IA

Steer #21
Sponsor: Jackson County Cattlemen and
Friends of Jackson County
Celebrity: Gary Dolphin, “The Voice of the Hawkeyes”
Iowa Hawkeyes Radio Broadcaster
Steer Name: Watt
Steer Owner: Kinnick Paulsen | Preston, IA

Steer #22
Sponsor: Iowa Veterinary Medical Association &
ISU College of Veterinary Medicine
Celebrity: Congressman David Young
Steer Name: Cyclone
Steer Owner: Ally Bedwell | New Virginia, IA

Steer #23
Sponsor: Beck’s Hybrids
Steer Name: Big Mack Attack
Steer Owner: Arianna Frerk | Paulina, IA

Steer #24
Sponsor: District 20 Cattlemen’s Associations
Celebrity: Delaney Howell, Market to Market
Steer Name: Ozzie
Steer Owner: Gavin Hunt | Columbus Junction, IA

Steer #25
Sponsor: Channel Seeds
Celebrity: Ray “Bubba” Sorenson, Freedom Rock
Artist & Candidate for Iowa House Dist. 20
Steer Name: Bear
Steer Owner: Abbi Pfeifer | Russell, IA